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Of Mice and Men
Transcript of Of Mice and Men
The Struggles to Fit In
Throughout the story, Lennie is ostracized my others due to his mental disabilities. People treat him very differently than the other characters. George always makes decisions based on Lennie. For example, George tells Lennie what to say and how to act so he won't get into any trouble.
Lennie is a perfect example of the discrimination shown in Of Mice and Men. Since Lennie has a mental disability people think of him differently. For example, George treats Lennie like he is helpless. George is also under the assumption that any time Lennie does anything, he will get into trouble. When Lennie and George first came to the ranch, George would not even let him talk.
"'What you gonna say when the boss asks you questions?" Lennie stopped chewing and swallowed. His face was concentrated. "I...I ain't gonna...say a word."'
George makes sure Lennie won't talk when they go to the ranch because he is afraid of what Lennie might do or say
Throughout the story, Crooks is separated from the rest of the ranch due to his race. Since he is an African American he has to live in the barn instead of the bunk house. This is because all the rest of the people on the ranch don't want to live with a black man. He is also very lonely since he doesn't live with anyone else and no one comes to visit him in the barn.
Crooks is also a perfect example of discrimination, Everyone on the ranch has a preconceived opinion about him since he is black. The people on the ranch think that just because he is a different race, that he has to be isolated from them. He is also a cripple which makes people think he can't do the same jobs as all the other men. Instead of working in the fields with all the men, Crooks is a stable buck.
" I ain't wanted in the bunk house, and you ain't wanted in my room."
Curly's wife is treated very differently than every one else because she is a women. She is treated with less respect than every one else. Curly treats her more like property than like her own person. Curly is also not the nicest person towards his wife.
Since Curly doesn't like when his wife talks to the other men on the ranch, Curly's wife is very lonely. Every one stays away from her because they think she is trouble. Even though they don't know if she will cause trouble, they have that opinion. They also don't want to deal with Curly.
In of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck shows the negative effects discrimination can have on members of society.
Curly's wife is discriminated against because of her gender. Curly treats her unfairly because she is a women. He tells her she can't talk to other men. "I don' like Curly. He ain't a nice fella."
Crooks is discriminated against due to his skin color
Curly's wife is discriminated against due to her gender
Lennie is discriminated against due to his mental disability
People are discriminated for many reasons. The characters in of mice and men are faced with discrimination because of their race, gender, or mental disability. People have preconceived opinions of all of these characters because of these reasons.
The characters in Of Mice and Men face the same type of problems as the characters in the movie The Help. The characters in The Help are discriminated against because of their race . The movie is about two african american housekeepers living in the south during the 1960s. Since they are black, the two women are not treated with respect. They are forced to use a different bathroom then every one else. They are also forced to eat in different rooms then every one else. This is all because of their race. This is just like how Crooks in Of Mice and Men is treated.